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President, Governor, other politicians react to temple shootings

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The White House this afternoon released the following statement from President Obama regarding the shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek:

Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin. At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded. My Administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation. As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family.

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Republican candidate for President Mitt Romney reacted to the shooting in Oak Creek.

"Ann and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of today's shooting in Wisconsin. This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire Oak Creek Sikh community. We join Americans everywhere in mourning those who lost their lives and in prayer for healing in the difficult days ahead."

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker released the following statement Saturday afternoon regarding the shootings at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek:
 
While the situation in Oak Creek continues to develop rapidly, we are working with the FBI and local law enforcement.  I became aware of the situation late this morning and continue to receive updated briefings.
 
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as we all struggle to comprehend the evil that begets this terrible violence.
 
At the same time, we are filled with gratitude for our first responders, who show bravery and selflessness as they put aside their own safety to protect our neighbors and friends.
 
Tonette and I ask everyone to join us in praying for the victims and their families, praying for the safety of our law enforcement and first responder professionals and praying for strength and healing for this entire community and our state. 

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U.S. Senator Ron Johnson's office released the following statement Saturday afternoon regarding the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek:

 
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of yet another senseless act of violence in America. I have full confidence in the legal authorities that will be investigating this heinous crime."
 
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U.S. Senator Herb Kohl reacted to the shooting:
  
"This is a tragic day for our city and for all communities of faith who share grief and concern for the victims of today's shooting and their loved ones.  We also share a deep gratitude to our law enforcement officers.  Our prayers are with Milwaukee's entire Sikh community and we wish them comfort and peace."

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Congressman Paul Ryan (R) Janesville released the following statement:

"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and everyone in Oak Creek who has been impacted by this tragic act of violence. I'm deeply saddened by this malicious crime and remain grateful for the selfless, dedicated service of the emergency response teams and law enforcement officials who continue to investigate this matter. As additional details are gathered, I am hopeful that we will all come together, united in a shared desire for peace and justice, and stand with the Sikh community as we grieve this loss of life."

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Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch released the following statement:

"I join the people of Wisconsin and our nation as we pray for the victims of this senseless act of violence in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.  Our hearts go out to those who were killed, those who were wounded, their friends and families and everyone in the Oak Creek community.  We share your sadness. Wisconsin is a state of caring people and we will come together in the wake of this tragic event."

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Eric Hovde, (R) candidate for U.S. Senate released the following statement:

"Sharon and I are deeply saddened by the senseless act of violence that took place today in Oak Creek. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families."

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Tommy Thompson, (R) former Wis. Governor and candidate for U.S. Senate released the following statement:

"My heart goes out to those in the Sikh Community who had their profession of faith interrupted by a senseless act of violence. Together, as a community of faith, we have an obligation to come together in a show of support during a time of sadness and challenge. On behalf of my family, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families."  

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Wisconsin Assemblyman Jeff Fitzgerald (R), and candidate for U.S. Senate:

"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this time of great tragedy as we struggle to understand this senseless act of violence.  My prayers also go out to members of the Sikh Temple and to the entire Oak Creek community. 

"I also want to commend the acts of bravery by our law enforcement officers and first responders.  Although little is known about the facts of this case at this time, it is clear that area police and paramedics have conducted themselves professionally and prevented further tragedy from occurring.

"I ask all Wisconsinites to keep the victims and the entire Sikh community in their thoughts and prayers today and for the days ahead."

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Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D) reacted to the shooting in Oak Creek:

"This senseless and violent attack at a house of worship is tragic and heartbreaking. Our prayers go out to the victims of this attack and their families. We stand by members of the Sikh community who have given so much to our state, at a time when the whole community has been shaken by this horrifying event. We also  stand together with deep respect for the public service of Wisconsin law enforcement and the first responders whose actions today, and every day, are nothing short of heroic. As we mourn the loss of life and come together to heal as a community we should take great pride in the courage and sacrifice of these public servants."
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